First of all let me just say there is nooooo way the following mentions are going to come anywhere close to catching all the tables that will make an impression on me this weekend. Last year (my first) was full of surprises and the chance to talk to people who displayed both talent and enthusiasm, and that in itself is both rewarding and inspiring.
By the way my biggest tip for the weekend is talk to as many people as possible, or maybe more accurately LISTEN to as many people as possible. Ask for advice, ask how they started, how they got to where they are (in the ‘industry’, not in Bristol!) and just as important ask who they should make a point of listening to or which titles to make sure you pick up. Most of these guys have been around the scene for a long time and it’s a community where they all know each other. And I should also say that this advice holds true of the guests as well as the exhibitors especially when you meet them in the main hall. John Higgins, Ben Willsher and Patrick Goddard seemed to have a lot of time for everyone and they certainly each gave us some sage advice and even followed up with promised emails.
Right, back to the task at hand. First of all are the triple A star exhibitors that I plan to make a beeline for. Disconnected published the best looking comic that I picked up last year and I need to get my hands on the anthologies Disconnected Vol 2 and How To Kill Bears. The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel is helmed by Owen Watts. Last year Owen was selling Dr WTF! and he was an exhibitor who was helpful, friendly and to me really stood as the model citizen of the small press community…. and I didn’t buy his comic so I owe him! Now, I didn’t buy his comic because I’m not a committed Whovian and believed Dr WTF! would just leave me confused. In hindsight I’m sure I was wrong, but I have no such qualms about the Psychedelic Journal and it’s right at the top of my shopping list.
The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel
Now for the titles I’m intrigued by.
To quote Small Press Big Mouth: issue 5 is “as funny as Aliens and as scary as Red Dwarf”, however they liked it, Lou has a sizable reputation and with issue 5 being an Alien/Aliens homage it’ll be right up my street.
Apparently the age of superheroes ended 20 years ago, but when Casey develops powers the world considers her too big a threat and seeks to eliminate her. Worth a look I think!
A team of LGBTQ superheroes. If this serious and handles the issues as I’d hope then this is on my list.
Zombies, gore and talking monkey as a life partner, and set in the South Wales valleys. Marvel just don’t have the guts to do stuff like that!
Jon Lock Comics
All I read about Jon Lock is that he is a God among mortals in the small press scene. I need to find his table.
If I remember rightly, Small Press Big Mouth liked this a lot, so I intend to follow their lead.
I’m going to group the next four together simply because they seem to offer a collections of product and projects and I’d like to see what they offer and have to say. This is simply for our own benefit as I wonder if they have room for more writers!!
Orang Utan Comics